CLEVELAND: Just as one member of the Cavs’ Holy Trinity returns to the court, another always seems to exit. As Kyrie Irving returned from a sprained ankle in Friday’s 108-102 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, Kevin Love sat for what the Cavs called routine maintenance.
Irving had 23 points in 28 minutes, Tristan Thompson had 17 points and 11 rebounds and LeBron James had 12 points while taking just six shots in the Cavs’ first loss of the preseason.
They have now played five preseason games, but Irving, Love and James haven’t played together since the opener two weeks ago. No one seems overly concerned, however, and the hope is the Big Three will play together in both of next week’s games – the final two of the preseason.
“I’m only concerned that we’re all healthy when the season starts,” James said. “We’ll have time throughout practices and regular season games to make the adjustments that are needed. But we need to be healthy. That’s all that matters.”To read more or comment...
CLEVELAND: Kyrie Irving will return to the Cavaliers tonight when they host the Dallas Mavericks in the final preseason game at Quicken Loans Arena.
Irving missed three games with a sprained ankle, but went through a rigorous workout Thursday and was cleared to return.
Shawn Marion and Kevin Love will both rest tonight, but the Cavs say Love is healthy and there is no lingering concern over his sore neck or knee.To read more or comment...
CINCINNATI: LeBron James has spent the early part of this preseason helping his teammates find a rhythm. He spent Wednesday night finding his own.
James shook off a sluggish start to the preseason to score 26 points in 24 minutes in the Cavs’ 98-93 preseason victory against the Indiana Pacers on the campus of Xavier University.
James totaled 19 points in his first two preseason games while shooting 6-for-19. He washed all of that away with a 9-for-12 performance Wednesday while adding four rebounds and three assists. His only blemish were the four turnovers, which give him 10 for the preseason.
Kevin Love was banged around for the second consecutive night and did not play in the second half. He injured his neck in the first half and remained in the locker room for treatment after halftime, although the Cavs say it isn’t serious.To read more or comment...
CLEVELAND: Kevin Love had 25 points and Dion Waiters had 23 in the Cavs’ 106-100 victory Tuesday against the Milwaukee Bucks.
LeBron James missed the game to rest, Kyrie Irving sat with a sprained right ankle and Kevin Love sat the fourth quarter after banging knees with Jabari Parker, rendering the Cavs without any members of their Big Three to close the game.
Anderson Varejao also knocked knees in the fourth quarter and hobbled to the bench. Varejao injured his right knee, the same one that caused him so many problems two years ago. But both Varejao and Love watched the end of the game from the bench and neither needed to head to the locker room during the game for more examinations.
The decision to rest James was not a surprise since the Cavs are playing three games in four nights and coach David Blatt already warned James would miss one of them.To read more or comment...